MY QUARTET PERFORMed AT CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE JANUARY 31, 2014 AT 8 PM. great audience, friends and talented band members made it a wonderful night. i AM NOW rehearsing a group of students for a production of the musical"fame", may 2014.
PLANS FOR 2014: nEW rECORDINGs ~ Dona Carter ~ performing the american jazz songbook; Single 'we share one world' with singer arezer.
Recent performances include Cleopatra's Needle and the
Graduate Center at CUNY, Elebash Recital Hall.
Music is a way of life for composer/pianist Dona Carter. Her lyrical piano style and melodious compositions have delighted audiences for more than two decades, and she's still going strong. Imagine a woman who has performed all over the U.S. and in Europe as well. Thanks to the internet her music has been heard in far away Siberia and Japan. Never content to rest on her laurels, she wrote and directed an original musical theater piece: 'Portraits in Major and Minor,' called a "Marvelous tapestry of music and Voice." (WHCR) She'll be performing throughout the year.
You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Carter was on hand to take this picture of me in the park. Piano performances included an array of jazz standards with an original piece sprinkled in. Enjoyed seeing old friends, family and fans. I even sold some CDs. We had a good time.
Some days I joke that I'm paying for my "doctorate degree" at the school of hard knocks.
Lyrics to "When I Get Back Home" (from the Dona Carter DC Jazz CD)
I see a fork in the road, and I'm starting a journey.
Will you be there when I get back home?
What lies ahead I'm not certain, but I need a chance to fly, and give my dreams a try...
Above, Dona Carter, Bill Carter and Larry Roland, bass.
" Music is a force for healing hearts and uniting people of all cultures and ethnic groups.I've tried to reach out by composing pieces that share joy and hope."
Dona Carter has a BA degree in Music from Barnard College~Columbia University, and a MA degree from Lehman College in Music Education. She attended the Hartford Conservatory of Music and the JazzMobile Workshop. "My family always stressed education for me and my siblings. I'm glad they all encouraged my love for music. But after coming through the jazz world, I sometimes joke that I went to the school of hard knocks." She led the IWJ Jazz Chorus and directed Portraits in Major and Minor where theater meets jazz, described as a marvelous piece.
Her music is often featured on WHCR's Sunday night jazz show.
"My CDs are available at CD Baby and iTunes. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/donacarter. You can contact me via the guest book for my music, including lead sheets. Check out the Photos page for the covers to my albums. When I was becoming a true professional musician, I used to go out to hear many of the great pianists like Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Mary Lou Williams. The JazzMobile workshop was a big help to me and other aspiring musicians."
The Dona Carter Quintet with Bill Carter, Sedric Choukroun, and Camille Jones, (Larry Roland not seen). Hartford Jazz Society